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MZ ETS 250

An MZ Adventure, Part One

Phil sets off an a long distance aboard his freshly rebuilt ETS 250 Sport. What… could… go… wrong?

Old bikes and their idiosyncrasies can often threaten the best laid plans of Although, unlike John I’m not what you might ‘au fait’ with the of rodents, so I don’t feel qualified to make any such regarding their effects on

‘Any road up’, as my Peg was oft heard to exclaim, utilising the as a convenient way of moving the conversation having spent much of summer working away, I home with a couple of to spare. During which I to squeeze in the various required checks on my ETS250 Trophy amidst my normal family

By the Friday morning I’d the stargazing tail lamp and it with the correct ETS mounting giving the rear lamp a level outlook to its ever view of the world. That’s a job been meaning to do for a while, as the MZ ETS and ES mudguards may look identical at glance, but I assure you they’re

The last time I’d my ETS250 was on a showery June for a return day-trip to the MZ Riders’ summer camp. On the way home noticed the fork top nuts leaking a tiny but significantly quantity of fork oil. It was a few miniscule droplets but isn’t it just how far they’ll go once over new paintwork?

Besides, the manual does that these nuts be re-fitted with a suitable sealant, so a few turns of PTFE on each cap soon remedied minor problem.

Other checking tyre pressures and the enclosed chain, I’d myself with ample on the Friday morning to pack a bag and make my way to meet up with and Phil in Stockport. From we’d planned to enjoy a journey across the Pennines, on his Goldie and Tony on his Jawa 360 They’d arranged a further later that day, BSA A65 Thunderbolt riding Hippy somewhere in the vicinity of Hull.

there we’d catch the ferry to Zeebrugge.

MZ ETS250 — It wasn’t to be bike’s year, alas.

hardly ridden the Trophy since its rebuild, everything was new, freshly assembled and and either repainted or newly It’s a fine looking even if I say so myself. I’ve considered the ETS250 to be the ‘looker’ in the MZ albeit beauty firmly in the eye of the beholder where MZs are concerned.

MZ ETS 250
MZ ETS 250

we weren’t planning to do any silly on this trip, in fact to the other side of Ypres and but it’s nice to feel done as much as can be realistically in readiness for a trip abroad, it?

As I approached the Dunham Massey on the M56 I found myself overtaking a at a steady 65mph when went very seriously Just as I pulled level the front of the cab of the articulated lorry, the end felt like it had completely up and I found myself sliding 30 degrees sideways to my direction of heading gradually but inevitably a thankfully empty outside After what must been a good 350 yard controlled slide with a in clutch, I finally came to amazingly still vertical; on the covered central reservation motorway traffic speeding side of me.

Still, at least the back end had that way and not the other, which have quite conceivably me disappear under the wheels of the lorry.

Having worked for many on the UK motorway networks, crossing is not that strange an activity for me. I patiently for a suitable space in the of traffic, then briefly over the ETS and pushed it to the relative of the hard shoulder.

The back was completely flat, and looked to flopped over the edge of the rim, protecting it from ground away on the Tarmac. I had replacing the tyres during the but having priced up a set of new Heidenaus for it, opted to replace the hardly ones instead, as they had plenty of tread on them and fine.

In my defence, I had fitted a of new rim tapes and tubes so I’d than made an effort to it was well shod for the jaunt.

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